Travel Tips to Visit Alentejo

Posted by: Rita Saraiva

Post Date 29-Jun-2015 09:30:00

Alentejo is the largest region in Portugal, stretching from Tejo (Tagus River) to the Algarve, covering almost a third of the country. Here, the weather is warm and dry, making Alentejo a slow-paced calm region, with nice friendly people, ideal for relaxing and forgetting about the world. When you visit Alentejo, you leave with the sensation that time stopped while you were there.

alentejo, travel tips

But Alentejo is far from boring. Covered with huge cork plantations, wheat fields, and vineyards, Alentejo not only hosts some of the best wine hotels in Portugal but is also home to a lot of medieval villages with small castles and ruins on top of the hills, white-washed villages, cultural sites like the Roman ruins in Évora and offers great waves to surf.

Stay in a Wine Estate in The Plains of Alentejo

The golden plains of Alentejo host old farmhouses turned into boutique wine estates, perfect for a romantic or a family getaway. Hotels in Alentejo share the same pattern of simplicity and relaxation, at the same offering a lot of activities for the guests who wish to get the know the surroundings. From bird watching to jeep safaris and guided tours, Alentejo-friendly hosts will be pleased to help you choose what fits your taste better.

herdade dos grous, visit alentejo, alentejo wine estates

herdade da malhadinha nova, wine hotel in alentejo

Taste the Famous Alentejo Wines and Regional Products

Alentejo enjoys a warm and dry climate, with an excellent "terroir", that propelled the wine production in the region and, consequently, the growth of wine-producing estates. The best and most famous wineries and vineyards in Alentejo are happy to welcome you either to engage in wine activities like tastings, workshops, courses, and guided tours with explanations of the history of their wines but also to let you taste their regional products and the typical flavors of Alentejo like the regional smoked meat and cheeses.

adega_mayor, alentejo wines, alentejo wine tasting

joao portugal ramos, wine tasting in alentejo, wines of alentejo

Discover Alentejo's Cultural Heritage in Évora

Famous worldwide for its Roman ruins, the well-preserved Évora's city center, still enclosed in its ancient medieval walls, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most beautiful towns in Portugal. In Évora you can enjoy its cultural heritage, from the Roman Temple, its most famous landmark, to the 16th-century Aqueduct of Silver Water, designed by Francisco de Arruda (most famous for designing the Tower of Belém in Lisbon) to provide the city with clean water. 

1280px-Roman_temple_Evora_Alentejo_Portugal, visit alentejo

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Surf Some of the Best Waves in Europe

The inland in Alentejo is great for relaxing or getting to know the culture of Alentejo. But we also recommend a visit or a day tour to the breathtaking coastline of Alentejo, with secluded rocky beaches with perfect waves, waiting to be surfed. There are many jeep, biking, or walking tours but if you prefer to get in the water, almost every beach offers surfing material and surf classes for a great family time.


Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

There are a lot of things to do in Alentejo and these are just a few of them. Alentejo is one of the richest regions in Portugal and we are sure it offers a great diversity for people of all ages and tastes. Discover the best of Alentejo and share your experiences with us!

If you enjoyed our suggestions and want to visit Alentejo, you can easily book these estates and experiences on our site. Our booking process is very simple, you just have to:

1. Register on our site

2. Choose the hotel and experience what you want to book - click and follow the link

3. Insert the Information required (date, number of adults, time you want for the visit, number of nights, number of rooms) > BOOK NOW 

4. Check the information > FINALIZE

If you prefer, just contact us at, and we can book these experiences for you!

Topics:   Alentejo Travel Inspiration

Rita Saraiva

Written by: Rita Saraiva

Travel Enthusiast

Rita is passionate about travelling, discovering new cultures, their food and wines and to write about it.

Blog Notifications

Receive our blog articles by email with wine, food & travel advices!

Vacations in Portugal 2017

Most Popular


Recent Posts